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Addiction Groups Warn Of Holiday Drug And Alcohol Abuse

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 18 Nov 2013 06:13pm | comments
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Substance abuse prevention groups are warning Mississippians about the potential for increased drug and alcohol abuse during the holiday season. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports holiday stress and frequent gatherings can add to substance abuse problems.

The thanksgiving and Christmas season can be fully of stress and temptation for people who abuse drugs and alcohol.

That's according to Jenny Crutchfield with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

"Most of the parties or social events you go to do have alcoholic beverages served. So that does at to the stress of that when you are an alcoholic," Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield says the increased pressure to drink can also lead to more alcohol related accidents and personal and family problems.

Sean Guy is an alcoholic who has been sober for more than two decades.

Guy says many holiday functions are unavoidable and involve alcohol.

"When you look at the holiday season there are a lot more social events that we are typically required to go to. And so when you go it is like 'what am I going to do? I am just ordering water and everybody else is drinking," Guy said.

Guy thinks it is becoming more acceptable to avoid alcohol because of an increased focus on preventing drunk driving.

His approach is to prepare mentally for the event and have an escape plan ready if he is tempted.

"That I have a vehicle that I can leave if I need to. Or I can call someone and say 'can you come and get me right now'. I need to be able to leave. I need to be able to ask God to help me," Guy said.

Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for the rate of binge drinking, which is considered more then five drinks in one sitting for a man and four drinks for a woman.


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